Unit 31: Food Safety Management

Unit code:                F/601/1822

QCF level:                QCF Level 5/ NFQ Level 6/7

Credit value:            15


This unit will enable learners to gain understanding of the systems and processes required to produce safe food, and the management activities and controls required to achieve this.

Unit abstract

Customers have a right to expect safe and wholesome food from all the industries within hospitality. Whether from a five-star hotel, an outside event or a sandwich bar, safe food should be the norm.

This unit starts by defining food safety and its importance to hospitality industries and their customers. The science and principles of food hygiene are then explored, together with the main causes of food poisoning, contamination and spoilage. This knowledge is applied to the study of the systems and processes to produce safe food. The practical application of food hygiene principles, and their monitoring and control, provide an important focus within this unit. The unit concludes by considering the responsibilities of management and the controls necessary to produce consistently safe food within the relevant legal framework.

Learners will develop an understanding of food safety and hygiene principles. They will recognise the importance of them to the hygiene systems and processes that are needed to produce safe food. Their learning will be underpinned by analysis of the importance of risk assessment and quality control systems. Learners will be able to construct systems and apply them, and their understanding of food hygiene, to different situations within the hospitality industry. They will also consider the role and responsibilities of managers in the production of safe food within the requirements of the current framework of food safety legislation.

Through this unit, learners will develop a clear understanding of the work managers need to do to ensure that they exercise the ‘duty of care’ they have to their customers for ensuring food is safe  to eat. The development of analytical and problem-solving skills is an important feature of the   unit.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the agents that cause food-borne illness and the contamination of food
  2. Understand the processes that can prevent food spoilage and preserve food quality
  3. Understand the importance of effective prevention systems in the control of food contamination
  4. Be able to construct control and food management systems.